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What if I need dialysis but I have a fear of needles?

What if I need dialysis but I have a fear of needles?

Dialysis and needles: There is a form of dialysis that is done without needles using a catheter in the belly. Also, I have had many patients who feared needles but were able to adapt to the necessary needle sticks of hemodialysis. It will take effort, but it is well worthwhile. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a peritoneal dialysis?

Not for the dialysis: No needle sticks are needed to do the peritoneal dialysis procedure. But routine blood tests, which require a needle stick each time they are done, are performed at least once a month. These tests monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and monitor the associated problems (like anemia, hormone and electrolyte problems) related to the renal failure that has caused the need for dialysis. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I use to numb my arm before getting poked with needles for dialysis?

Please tell me what can I use to numb my arm before getting poked with needles for dialysis?

Numbing of arm: You can do several things to make your arm numb so the cannulation (c) of your vascular access is less troublesome. One is ask the physician to order the nurses to inject some Lidocaine (l) over the sites they use for cannulation, or use some l ointment. Another option is to spray Ethyl Chloride over the access sites of c, this causes the skin to be numb for a brief period of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do physicians use metal needles to access dialysis fistula?

Why do physicians use metal needles to access dialysis fistula?

It is less traumatic: Usually specially-trained nurses or technicians access dialysis fistulas, not physicians. Metal needles are used to help penetrate the skin and the thickened wall of the vein accurately and with minimal trauma. Sometimes blunt needles are used (if a buttonholing technique is being employed). ...Read more

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My father, a diabetic patient & now undergone dialysis having needle sensation if on his chest skin.Can u explain about it & how to cure it?

My father, a diabetic patient & now undergone dialysis having needle sensation if on his chest skin.Can u explain about it & how to cure it?

Unfortunately: Unfortunately when you have kidney disease and need dialysis your skin does not work correctly. You can have a secondary dermatitis and unusual skin sensations. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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What is done for someone with a serious fear of needles?

What is done for someone with a serious fear of needles?

Applied Tension : 3-5% of population estimated 2have a needle phobia - trypanophobia. It's poorly understood & prevents many from seeking medical/dental care. It's unlike other phobias: they generally cause heart rate & BP 2rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP 2fall + fainting. Learn applied tension technique: http://bit.Ly/11imvmd try linical psychologist who's anxiety expert 4 help. ...Read more

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How can I cope with the blood and needle fear?

How can I cope with the blood and needle fear?

Phobias: Hemophobia = fear of blood & Trypanophobia + fear of needles. Consider Cognitive Behavior, psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis to deal with your fears. ...Read more

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What to do about my fear of needles?

What to do about my fear of needles?

CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more